"My best friends, my most loyal friends, are soldiers—ordinary soldiers. . . . If they were not as fine and courageous and decent, as they were, in battle, standing alongside me, I would not be here." shares Joseph Galloway, author of WE WERE SOLDIERS ONCE. . . AND YOUNG.
Ronald Glasser shares, that upon arriving in Vietnam, he addressed a nearby Colonel with, "'You know, I'm a pediatrician. I haven't been up in an operating room since medical school.' Glasser goes on, "And, I think, in my heart, I expected him to say, 'That's okay. You don't have to go.' He put his hand on my shoulder and said, 'That's okay, Captain, we'll just give you the little wounds.' And that's when I said, 'Wow. This is different.'"
Troubled by what he saw happening to these young soldiers, Glasser decided to use his surgical ward experience to write about it — the result is 365 DAYS. Of the story, Glasser says, "It's absolutely accurate. It's not political. It's just the way it was."
"I was trying to get the story down. . . what happened. I wanted to set the record straight for what we were doing, who we were, what we were like in 1970 and 1971. This was America in Vietnam." notes John Del Vecchio, author of a number of books on Vietnam including The 13th Valley, which The New York Times called "Powerful. . . real. . . terrifying".
"You can write all kinds of dry material about equipment and high level strategy and tactics, but in the end all these stories are made up of hundreds, even thousands, of little mosaics." notes former Marine artilleryman and author, Oscar Gilbert.
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"There's nothing glorious about war. The people who think there's any glory to it, have not been in it. And once you get there, you don't fight for mom and apple pie. You fight because you don't want to let your buddy down." notes Allen Clark, author of VALOR IN VIETNAM: Chronicles of Honor, Courage and Sacrifice: 1963-1977.
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